Domestic Burglary

Being burgled can be very upsetting and frightening. A burglary is when someone enters your home uninvited and steals things which don't belong to them. This also includes things you may keep outside in your shed or garage.

Most burglaries are opportunistic. Burglars will often pick houses that look empty or insecure.

What can you do?

There are a number of things you can do to help keep your home safe:

  • Lock your windows and doors when you go out or go to bed.
  • Make sure everyone who lives in your home knows how to lock windows and doors and does lock them when they go out or go to bed (including older children who play out after school or on weekends).
  • Use your house alarm if you've got one.
  • Use a light timer switch so it appears you are in when you are out.
  • Make sure you lock your UPVC door properly if you have one - remember to lift the handle, turn the key and then remove it.
  • Keeping your valuables out of sight, away from your windows and doors
  • Lock your shed and/ or garage if you have one.
  • Fit a letterbox restrictor to your front door.
  • Use a UV pen to mark your valuable items with your postcode and house number. This will help the police to return these items to you, should they ever be stolen and later found.

What are we doing? 

We are working together with our partner agencies to reduce burglary across the Borough. We are:

  • Maintaining alley gates across St.Helens to reduce the potential for rear-entry burglary and to help residents feel safer.
  • Running an IOM Team which includes additional Probation staff. Persistent offenders have been both supported to change their behaviour and targeted if there has been a risk of reoffending.
  • Supporting a number of specific Police operations to disrupt and apprehend offenders at times and locations of increased risk.
  • Developing marketing and awareness-raising programmes focusing on burglary and the risk of unlocked doors
  • Delivering a Test-on-Arrest programme for those offenders arrested for burglary offences which provides a pathway into drug treatment services.